My Favorite Reviews for the Akasha Series

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As a self-published author for over five years now, I have started to avoid looking at reviews. Before, I hung on every word. I swelled with pride or sunk into despair–sometimes all in the same day–depending on readers written opinions of my books. Pretty soon, the roller coaster ride of emotion began to interfere with my writing, so I stopped looking at reviews. Surfing the net this morning, I ran across a review. One thing led to the next and before I knew it I was reading them all. To my surprise, it was quite the uplifting ride, and perhaps just what I needed to get over my writing slump I am currently in with my new series. Below are my favorites for The Akasha Series, each linked to the original post on Amazon. If you haven’t finished the series already, I hope these reviews can entice you!

By Iris:
“I loved this series from beginning too end. A magical, ecologically focused adventure with a strong but human heroine and a villain you can actually hate… And then some. Between screwed up love interest, being forced into a life she’s unsure about, and surviving one attack after another, Kaitlin Alder is both relatable and someone to look up to and grow with.”

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“I’d like to say it’s for everyone, but I don’t think so. I think it’s for women trying to find themselves or learning to be strong and brave. It deals with issues like abuse, and giving birth, and falling in love. But yes it’s all of that is wrapped up in honing magical elemental power, saving the world (from an ecological level and bringing awareness) to war.”

By Carolyn:

“I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Their mix of romance, magic and earthly powers was extremely well woven. Without each of these components, this would be just another romance without the heat and passion in a belief that we owe the Earth for our very survival.”

By Jane:

“For eco-aware folks, Wiccans, and tree huggers alike, this is an environmental aware series wrapped in fantasy and carried by our imagination into the reality of today’s world.”

By Kristi on Book 4, ‘Earth’:

“This book was my most and least favorite of the series…I always feel that way about the end… but it was so DARK! Kaitlyn goes all G.I. Jane in this book. Infiltrate and destroy. I knew the book wouldn’t be all sunshine and rainbows in the end but would have never expected for it to turn out this way… I had always hoped she would burn out her powers and her and Micah would ride off into the sunset with Bee. Fat chance of that happening I know, but a girl can dream right? Any way all I can say it the very last page brought a tear to my eye.”

As of today, here is my Amazon review breakdown:

The Akasha Series:
Water, Book One: 3.6 Stars, 200 customer review
Air, Book Two: 4.6 Stars, 53 customer reviews
Fire, Book Three: 4.4 Stars, 31 customer reviews
Earth, Book Four: 4.4 Stars, 42 customer reviews
Akasha, The Complete Saga: 4.5 Stars, 32 customer reviews

The Painted Maidens Series:
The Rising, Book One: 4.2 Stars, 72 customer reviews
The Betrayed, Book Two: 4.7 Stars, 9 customer reviews
The Taking, Book Three: 4.8 Stars, 14 customer reviews
The Falling, The Prequel: (no reviews – guess I need to start advertising this one!)

And let’s not forget my vampire indulgence!

The Kindred Curse Anthology: 4.1 Stars, 12 customer reviews

Did you know I have a few other works published in conjunction with fellow authors?

Polaris Awakening, 4.5 Stars, 2 customer reviews
The Lost Locket of Lahari Anthology, 3.5 Stars, 2 customer reviews
Forbidden Future, 3.5 Stars, 10 customer reviews

Happy Reading and please don’t forget to leave your own reviews!

 

Wrapping up the Year

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Weapenry and Patchwork Press are getting ready to make 2016 our best writing year yet, and we want all of you to dream big with us. This week, authors are coming together to start thinking about the coming year and all of the books we’re getting ready to write. If we dream big and write all year round, we can easily make this our best year yet!

What is your favorite writing memory from 2015?

 My favorite writing memory from 2015 come from recent work that won’t be published for several months yet. I am working on a follow on series to The Akasha Saga about a powerful witch who prefers to relinquish control to those who most want it, and it isn’t always the good guys. My favorite passage to explain her feelings (one that I hope to quote again and again) is:

     There was no denying it; I loved it when he gave orders. To me, it felt safe. With Greyson in control, I couldn’t be held accountable for my actions. And with powers capable of destroying everyone and everything around me, freedom from responsibility was the most seductive force around.

 What story are you most looking forward to working on in 2016?

Definitely this first book of the follow on series to The Akasha Saga. I feel like I’m getting back to the basics! The book is tentatively titled, ‘The Forever Witch’.

Are you the type of person who makes New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not?

 I have made resolutions in the past, but I tend to shy away from them. When I do make a resolution, I always make sure they are not definite goals but rather guidelines that tend to peter off sometime in February.

 What area of your writing/publishing process are you going to work on improving in 2016?

Marketing and outreach! I always say I am going to take a break from writing in order to do more marketing. But I do this for the love of writing, not for the love of marketing and my characters are constantly calling out to me. Writing is my release, my therapy, and my love – marketing can be interesting at times but it is definitely not my passion.

How would you describe a successful publishing year in 2016? What goals are you working toward?

My trend is two books per year, and I plan to keep that going for 2016. Of course I would love to finish out this series in 2016 and publish all three next year. Wish me luck on that!

If you had to guess, what do you think your biggest challenge will be when it comes to publishing and writing next year?

Finding the time! Right now I am waking up about an hour early before the kids, and that is the only time I have to write besides the 2 to 3 hours I might get in on weekends. I just need to pick a schedule, turn of all distractions (like Candy Crush) and get to work.

How far ahead do you plan your writing schedule? Do you prefer to prepare or to see where your muses take you?

I have definitely discovered I am not an outline sort of girl. When I start a chapter, I have no idea where it is going to take me and that is sort of the thrilling aspect about writing for me. It’s still an adventure. If I try to stick to a pre-determined outline, it turns into more of an obligation and I find myself quickly losing steam.

Tell us about something non book related that you’re currently looking forward to for 2016.

My family just took in two foster children that come from extended relatives. While the adjustment period has been difficult at times for all of us, I am looking forward to strengthening my own relationship with these children and watching them bloom. Can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for our family of seven!

If you could offer up one piece of advice to other authors and writers for 2016, what would it be?

Write bold. If you are going to put the time and effort into writing a book, put it all out there! You might just find your niche, and your readers might just find their new favorite author.

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What about you? What goals (bookish and otherwise) are you planning to work toward in 2016? Let us know in the comments! Weapenry will be giving away ebook packs of both Refilling Your Inkwell by Kellie Sheridan, and Surviving First Drafts by Erica Crouch to three randomly selected commenters across the posts going up this week. Be sure to either include your email address or to Tweet at us @patchwork_press along with your goals so we can get in touch if you win!

The Falling Book Release

A cover reveal, book announcement, and release day all rolled into one. Happy Friday!

Announcing my newest release, a prequel to The Painted Maidens Series, ‘The Falling’:

The prequel to eco-fantasy best selling Painted Maidens Trilogy.

Before Serena’s rise, before the betrayed fought back, and before the Undine and werewolves took their own path, Darcy—a local college student—found herself in the middle of a war between two species that she thought existed only in fairy tales.

Darcy has no family and very few friends, and is used to looking out for herself. When she meets Colin, a werewolf of clan Werich, she finds herself falling for him, no matter what the cost to her.

But when Darcy descends into enemy caves in order to save Colin’s life, she discovers secrets from her own past that link her to these creatures closer than she could have ever imagined.

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Get your copy now!

Amazon | iTunes | B&N | Smashwords |  Kobo

And don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads reading list!

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Painted Maidens Book Trailer and Giveaway

I am so excited to reveal the book trailer for The Painted Maidens Trilogy. I waited until all three books in the series were complete to get started on it, and I am pretty proud of the results! Take a look for yourself:

Please, please comment below and let me know what you think! Although this series is YA, it borders on dark fantasy, and I think the book trailer really helps portray that. The intense musical score, the color scheme, and the descriptions of the book (which really focus on the first book only) all let the viewers know this isn’t your typical mermaid book.

Some details on what it took to pull it together:

Creators: Me, myself, and I

Costs: $80 for royalty-free images, $40 for royalty-free music for a total of $120.

Time: I didn’t track it very well but probably at least sixteen hours, from researching images and music straight through to completion.

Program: Final Cut Pro for Mac (not included in the costs because I already had it, but typically it will run you about $300). I also used Gimp for image manipulation which is a free download.

Putting the video together was a lot of trial and error. At first, I was speaking the lines out loud instead of having them written across the screen. My intent was to hire a narrator, but I quickly found out that expense was out of my range, so I recorded my own voice. Next, I spoke to my piano teacher about using his professional studio to create my own, simple music. I quickly found out that expense was out of my range too. *sigh* So once I found my own music, I realized my voice on top of that was sensory overload. And that is when I learned to use all the cool text features of Final Cut Pro.

But before I even got started downloading images, writing the script, and finding the music, I had to do my own book trailer research. What kind of trailers did I like best? Which style would fit The Painted Maidens Trilogy?

Here are some of my favs:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater:

https://vimeo.com/11381304

Still Wolf Watching by Maggie Steifvater:

https://youtu.be/QX82ggGCF7c

The stop motion feel (especially in Still Wolf Watching) is sort of what I was shooting for, though a full stop motion video requires a lot of work. Way more than 16 hours. J

Family Magic by Patti Larsen:

https://youtu.be/ZOZwihr9MuU

This has been my top favorite book trailer for a long time now (but honestly I never read the book *sheepish shrug*). This is what I was shooting for when I first wanted to use a narrator and simple music. Although my trailer turned out very different from this one, I think if you compare the two scripts they are similar in nature.

So that is about it! Please be sure to like, share, or comment on the trailer via YouTube.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER, JOSEPH H.!

Now on to the fun stuff – the giveaway! I am giving a $20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. Enter via rafflecopter (click here) there are plenty of opportunities for extra entries. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Painted Maidens Boxed Set Cover Reveal

I am so, so excited to share with you the culmination of The Painted Maidens Trilogy, the boxed set and the awesome cover. As an omni-cover, it is a bit simplistic, but I think it represents the series as a whole very well. And check out the 3d version of the boxed set. Just too cool! All three covers, the omni cover, and the 3d image were created by Keary Taylor (www.indiecoverdesigns.com). This is the tenth cover design Keary has done for me and I couldn’t be happier!

Let me know what you think:

 

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Boxed set 3DThe Painted Maidens Trilogy
By Terra Harmony
Includes: The full three book set (The Rising, The Betrayed, and The Taking) plus a bonus short story, ‘How I Met Your Mother’
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Genre: Eco-Fantasy
Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean—and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.
Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.

Please be sure to like, share, or comment on the cover.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING WINNERS; NATALIE C., KATHIE D., MARY P., NIKKI J., AND READING AWAY THE DAYS!

Now on to the fun stuff – the giveaway! I am giving five lucky winners the e-book version of The Painted Maidens Trilogy. Enter via rafflecopter by clicking this link; there are plenty of opportunities for extra entries. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

 

Release Day – ‘The Taking’

It’s here! I am very excited to announce the official release of ‘The Taking’. This is the third and final book for The Painted Maidens Trilogy. Grab your e-book copy now (print books will be available March 16th). And please, please, please let me know what you think!

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Eighteen-year-old Serena reigns as queen of both the Undine of The Deep and the wolves of The Dry. The alliance between her maidens and the werewolves is shaky when all at once the basic necessities of food and shelter are taken away and both their worlds fall apart. After decades of war, the two societies must work together to face what lies ahead. A promised land is theirs for the taking, but first, they must survive each other.

Purchase it now:

AMAZON | B&NiTUNES | KOBO | SMASHWORDS

I have to admit – this is a little bittersweet for me. It wraps up my second full series and while I am already looking ahead to my next projects, I’m not quite ready to leave The Deep just yet!

From March 16th through March 20th I will host a massive blog tour that celebrates the release of the boxed set. We will be doing a cover reveal for the cover of the boxed set, a play list, the book trailer reveal, an Amazon gift card giveaway, and giveaways of Painted Maiden print and ebooks. I am also working on a short story about how Darcy (the only human in Clan Werich) came to be involved with Colin and the rest of the pack titled ‘How I Met your Mother’. This will be included as part of the boxed set, but you can also earn your free copy by emailing me links to your reviews on each of the books.  Get started now!  Here are the links:

The Rising

The Betrayed

The Taking

Bloggers please email me at terra.harmony11@gmail.com if you want to be involved with my book tour!

New Book Announcement

Happy New Year! I hope 2014 was a blast for everyone but that 2015 will prove to be better. I want to start 2015 with an exciting announcement – the third and final book of The Painted Maidens Trilogy titled ‘The Taking’ is nearing completion! We are working on the cover art now as the book is in the first stages of editing. I’m aiming for a release on or before Valentine’s Day.

For those of you who are anxiously awaiting the release, it will be here soon – I promise! In the meantime, I plan to tease you with excerpts from the book (see the first one below).

For those who haven’t had a chance to read the first or second books, now is your chance to catch up as the first book ‘The Rising’ is still listed as free across all e-platforms!

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The Rising

Get it now, FREE at:

Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Smashwords | Kobo

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean—and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.

Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.

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The Betrayed

Purchase it now:

Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Smashwords | Kobo

Summary:

Two separate worlds; the Undine of The Deep and the Wolves of The Dry. A history muddled in war but thick with family bonds blur the lines of right and wrong. The youngest members of each race unite, trying to steer their people away from the brink of disaster. Serena and Liam must work together to resolve the problems of their people before the pressure tears these twin siblings apart. But the betrayed are angry, and are out for revenge.

Over the next month, there will be several fun events as we ramp up to the release of ‘The Taking’, including more excerpts, a playlist (I cannot wait for this one), announcements for my next projects, giveaways, and the cover reveal!

For now I leave you with an excerpt (unedited) from ‘The Taking’. Enjoy!

‘The Taking, Book Three of the Painted Maidens Trilogy’ Excerpt: 

male and female mermaidThe waves grow rough as the wind picks up.

“Come on,” says Kai. “I have an idea.” He takes Serena by the hand and swims them both into rougher surf.

“Kai, what are you—” Serena is cut off by the next wave that crashes over both of their heads.

Tossed and turned, colliding into each other and pulled apart just as quickly, they flounder like guppies in the water. Serena straightens herself out, finding the surface and popping above just to be pushed below again by the next wave. Kai rolls by in front of her sticking out his tongue while his tail is tangled in kelp.

Serena laughs as she breaks it apart for him. As soon as he is free, he pulls her up. Picking up speed, the pair glide along the surface, angling in to join another wave. This time, they slide in front of it just as the crest folds forward, wrapping them in a secluded tunnel of brackish blue. Kai continues to jut forward, but turns on his back and dips below the surface. He pulls Serena on top of him so her chest rests on his stomach. She rides the wave just as she has seen the Ungainly surfers do, laying down on their boards.

Kai pushes her hands up and out, then releases them. Spreading her arms like wings, Serena’s fingertips skim the watery tunnel on each side. Here in the ocean’s breakers, between The Deep and The Dry, Serena is finally afforded a little privacy from both worlds and her title as queen.

A wide grin spreads across her face as she looks down at Kai in gratitude. She pulls him up just as the tunnel condenses, then collapses in on itself. They endure the chaotic aftermath, tickling each other as they roll into calmer surf.

Catching their breath as their heads bob above water, pure delight dancing across their faces with the last light of the sun, and Serena looks at Kai. “I want to pair with you,” she says. The words are out of her mouth as the thought enters her head. Her eyes go wide—she can’t believe she said that out loud. She looks at Kai, who looks just as stunned.

“Are you sure?” he asks, giving her a chance to retract her statement.

Serena bites her lip, her eyes falling to the frothy water surrounding them. The time between waves lengthens, as if the ocean herself awaits Serena’s answer. Finally, she looks up to Kai. “No more waiting, Kai. I’m ready, and I wish to pair with you—if you’ll have me.”

His eyes light up and he squeezes her face in between his hands, drawing her lips into his. A breath she doesn’t know he was holding escapes as his lips relax open. He tastes of salt. Another wave finally breaks, taking them both by surprise. He wraps his tail around hers as their arms snake around each other.

The wave pushes them under in a tumultuous celebration, and they hold on tight as the world spins around them. Hitting the sandy sea floor, they break apart. Serena’s hair has escaped her braid and black tendrils reach out, brushing Kai’s cheek.

Right here, right now, there are no worries in the world. There is nothing but Kai and all the fun, the security, and the affection he brings. Serena can’t pretend the moment will last forever, but she knows if Kai is by her side she can face anything.

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Hope you enjoyed the excerpt! Let me know what you think in the comments below and please be sure to like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter to keep updated on my progress!

New Releases from Patchwork Press

I am behind in my blogging and need to catch you on a few new great releases from the wonderful ladies of Patchwork Press!

Please be sure to check out Grimm Memories, Janna Jenning’s exciting sequel to A Grimm Legacy:

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Synopsis:

It has been six months since Quinn and her friends returned home after barely escaping Elorium—but no one ever really leaves the world where fairy tales are born. Not a day has gone by where they haven’t thought about returning to save Jack. Even their dreams are urging them to return to the strange world.

Falling back into the fairy tale world, they find the situation even more dire than the way they left it. Jack has disappeared, and he’s not the only one. Elorium’s citizens are near panic as characters are missing and rumors are spreading about massive creatures roaming the sky. A rising darkness is enslaving the dreamers, and in a land filled with water nymphs and malevolent mazes, it’s hard to find any allies.

Despite the risks of their rescue mission, Fredrick is determined to bring back his grandfather, no matter how personal the cost.

GET THE BOOK

Kindle – Nook – Kobo – iTunes

Also, don’t forget to nab Puppet by Pauline Harris!

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Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.

When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.

As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.

As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.

Get the book:

@Amazon ~ @Barnes & Noble 

And I couldn’t be more excited to introduce one of our newest fellow authors, Angela Myron, who just released ‘Ennara and the Fallen Dragon’!

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Synopsis:

When strange accidents start happening around thirteen year-old necromancer Ennara and her friends, she must search for the mysterious stolen artifacts causing the attacks while learning the highest form of magic–the spells that could prevent the fruition of a terrible prophecy.

Learn more at AngelaMyron.com

The Rising – ebook now Free across all platforms

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Synopsis: 

Seventeen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean—and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.

Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.

THE RISING EBOOK IS NOW FREE ACROSS ALL PLATFORMS!

AMAZON * B&N * iTUNES * KOBO * SMASHWORDS

Terra Author PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Terra is author of the eco-fantasy novels in the Akasha Series, ‘Water’, ‘Air’, ‘Fire’ and ‘Earth’, as well as the Painted Maidens Trilogy. Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina, and Virginia. Terra served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business.

Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of fifteen years and three children.

 

New Release: The Betrayed

Happy Release Day to my Painted Maidens!

The Betrayed MOCK UP 2I am so excited to reveal ‘The Betrayed, Book Two of the Painted Maidens Trilogy’! It has been a looooong time coming. I won’t bore you with a long post, but I will give you what you need – the links!

Amazon Smashwords | Goodreads | B&N | iTunesKobo

Please help spread the word!

Synopsis:

Two separate worlds; the Undine of The Deep and the Wolves of The Dry. A history muddled in war but thick with family bonds blur the lines of right and wrong. The youngest members of each race unite, trying to steer their people away from the brink of disaster. Serena and Liam must work together to resolve the problems of their people before the pressure tears these twin siblings apart. But the betrayed are angry, and are out for revenge.